The New Senate Climate Bill

The text plus descriptions are available here. I’m sure there will be a lot of discussion of the merits of the proposal on this blog and elsewhere.  For now, I merely wanted to alert readers to a few key features.

Goals: Reduce GHCs to 95.25% of 2005 levels by 2013, 83% by 2020, 58% by 2030, and 17% by 2050.

Carbon Market: The cap-and-trade component targets firm that produce more than 25,000 tons of carbon pollution annually. (7,500 factories and power plants). Producers and importers of refined products will purchase allowances at a fixed price from the allowance auction. Industrial sources will not enter the program until 2016.

Introductory floor and ceiling prices are set at $12 (increasing at 3 percent over inflation annually) and $25 (increasing at 5 percent over inflation annually), respectively. Unlimited banking and a two-year rolling compliance period.

Preemption: Preempts the application of existing Clean Air Act provisions and of state cap-and-trade schemes (but apparently not other state programs.)

Trade measures. Phase in of a (reputedly WTO-consistent) border adjustment mechanism if no global agreement is reached.

UPDATE: Check grist for some early commentary.

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2 Replies to “The New Senate Climate Bill”

  1. Dan,
    It is doubtful that the blowout in the Gulf will provide the political impetus to pass climate legislation this year. The upcoming midterm elections will be a referendum on climate change and ordinary citizens will decide this issue. Old familiar scare tactics are unlikely to have much influence on voters. Hopefully, by this time next year, the climate scare will be over and maybe we can focus on real global environmenta issues such as safe drinking water, sanitary waste disposal and shelter for the poor. Peace be with you.

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